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New interest abroad in star too much for Orlando Pirates to ignore?


Orlando Pirates could to be braced for overseas offers for at least two of their players ahead of next season.

Pirates have had a fantastic season which has seen the likes of striker Tshegofatso Mabasa step up.

At the beginning of the season, Mabasa was loaned out to fellow Soweto giants Moroka Swallows. This was a move designed to give the player more game time, as well as more confidence in front of goal. That’s exactly what he was able to do, as he scored six goals for the Dube Birds. That then prompted Pirates to bring him back during the January transfer window. 

Mabasa was in hot form for Pirates

An injury to Bafana Bafana International, Evidence Makgopa soon saw Mabasa step up as the main striker. He did not look back after that, and finished the season as top goal scorer. That has seen him receive a lot of interest both locally and abroad. In South Africa, Mamelodi Sundowns  are hot on his heels, having seen a bid rejected by Pirates in January. It was also rumoured that Romanian champions FCSB were interested in his services. They’re thought to have since pulled out. 

But it is not all doom and gloom for Mabasa or Pirates if they want to cash in. According to Soccer-Laduma, the Middle Eastern region has recently shown interest.

Big money Saudi Arabia offers coming?

“Given Mabasa’s rich goal-scoring form this season, it is no surprise that he is the subject of widespread interest, particularly from Saudi Arabia. According to well placed Siya sources, enquiries have been pouring in for the striker from the Gulf Region and from a few leagues in Europe. The Buccaneers face an uphill battle in holding onto their star man, as he continues to garner interest. The next few weeks ought to be interesting for Mabasa in terms of his future and where he will be playing his football next season,” wrote the publication. 

Should both Pirates and Mabasa accept a big money move from Saudi Arabia if it comes?

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